The MA staff are based in St George Wharf, London

Meet our staff

The national office is staffed by a small, focused team of professionals with a wide range of experience, who are based at the MA premises in Central London. 

We provide our members with a collective voice, working with them to influence key decision-makers in Parliament and government to promote the sound administration of the law and the role of magistrates. We also provide free advice, support and guidance for all members; create community engagement opportunities through our Magistrates in the Community initiative; publish MAGISTRATE, the only magazine dedicated to the magistracy; and hold a number of events every year.


Mark Beattie

Interim Chief Executive

Mark sits as a Presiding Justice in both adult and youth court in North London. He was elected Deputy Chair of the MA in October 2020.

Interim Communications, Public Affairs and Policy Manager

Barry manages the policy team and directs the MA's policy work and public affairs.

Direct line: 020 7255 9004
Telephone (main switchboard): 020 7387 2353


Bea Crayford - Media and Communications Officer

Media and Communications Officer *

Bea deals with media enquiries, works with the policy team to co-ordinate the publication of MA responses, manages the MA's social media and is responsible for the MA's fortnightly news bulletin.

Direct line: 020 3937 8850
Telephone (main switchboard): 020 7387 2353


Rajen Hindocha - Head of Finance

Head of Finance

As well as looking after the financial side of the Association, Rajen provides budgeting advice to the Treasurer and Chief Executive, a contract management function, and low-level IT support to all staff.

Direct line: 020 7255 9002
Telephone (main switchboard): 020 7387 2353


Policy & Research Officer (Family & Youth Court)

Zillah supports the work of the MA's Family and Youth Court Committees by researching, developing and implementing MA policies.

Direct line: 020 7255 9009
Telephone (main switchboard): 020 7387 2353


Melodie Hyams - Communications Officer

Editor of MAGISTRATE *

Melodie's main areas of responsibility are: MAGISTRATE magazine, MA website (members' section), MA corporate style and MA images.

Direct line: 020 7255 9008
Telephone (main switchboard): 020 7387 2353


Halita Obineche - Director of Membership

Director of Membership and Internal Communications

Halita has overall responsibility for the MA’s membership, events, income generation, community activity and publications.

Direct line: 020 7255 9007
Telephone (main switchboard): 020 7387 2353


Hattie Stair - Policy and Research Assistant

Policy & Research Assistant

Hattie supports the work of the Adult Court Committee with research and development of MA policy.

Direct line: 020 7255 9005
Telephone (main switchboard): 020 7387 2353


Lisa Whitehead - Membership and Events Manager (Interim)

Membership, MIC & Events Manager

Lisa is responsible for membership and branch activities, ensuring effective member recruitment, retention, communication, engagement and services.

Direct line: 020 7255 9000
Telephone (main switchboard): 020 7387 2353


Susan Williamson - MIC Administrator

MIC Administrator *

Susan provides support and administration to the Magistrates in the Community project.

Direct line: 020 7255 9006
Telephone (main switchboard): 020 7387 2353


Celestine Woodham - Membership and Events Assistant

Membership & Events Assistant

Célestine provides all-round membership and administrative support.

Direct line: 020 7388 5558
Telephone (main switchboard): 020 7387 2353


Jude Zendle - Training & Development Officer

Training & Development Officer

Jude supports the work of the Training, Learning and Development Committee by researching, developing and implementing MA policies relating to all aspects of magistrates' training.

Direct line: 0207 387 6099
Telephone (main switchboard): 020 7387 2353